|Review: Kalmah - For the Revolution|
|For the Revolution|
Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: May 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:For the Revolution
Kalmah should need no introduction. They've been peddling their brand of melodic death metal for 10 years now and by now anyone interested in the Finnish melodic death scene should know this band. Obviously these guys sound a lot like Children of Bodom, an inescapable comparison when talking about this style. However at this point in Kalmah's career they were beginning to find their own identity, slowing down in places for some nice mid-paced tracks. Pekka Kokko's vocals were a lot lower and certainly more death metal. However fans of that scene are still going to find a lot to like about this album. Blast beats, guitar and keyboard solos, folk melodies, thrash style riffs – it's all there.
What always strikes me about Kalmah is that while it's easy to compare them to a lot of the Finnish bands, they have a an unconventional air about them with a nice flare for arrangement and some cool guitar work that while similar to that usual of the genre manages to feel quite original. While maybe not as strong as the majority of their output this album is still a nice addition to their collection, and in places a lot easier on the ears. This brings me to the production. In all fairness it is much like the majority of their albums although I've noticed a little more clarity, which is cool because there is always a lot going on. Standout tracks for me are the folk-ridden "Dead Man's Shadow" with some damn cool guitar and keyboard parts and the almost power metal "Towards the Sky".
Overall, while maybe not as strong as the records preceding this For the Revolution is still a pretty good listen. With some of the cooler tracks they've penned, fans of the band should certainly pick this up, as goes for fans of this particular genre of music. However if you were never a fan of this particular style you won't be converted this time around.
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